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Apr 15, 2011

Algeria president to launch major political reforms

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika said on Friday he will launch legislative reforms and amend the constitution, a move aimed at heading off a wave of pro-democracy uprisings sweeping the Arab world.

“I will urge the parliament to review all the legislative framework,” Bouteflika, 74, said in a speech broadcast by state-owned television.

Apr 14, 2011

Algeria protests challenge president’s authority

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s leaders risk losing control of a tide of strikes and protests that has been gaining momentum and outpacing the government’s attempts at reform.

Unlike the nationwide uprisings which toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia, Algeria’s protests are localised and have yet to turn into a national political movement.

Apr 14, 2011

Analysis: Algeria protests challenge president’s authority

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s leaders risk losing control of a tide of strikes and protests that has been gaining momentum and outpacing the government’s attempts at reform.

Unlike the nationwide uprisings which toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia, Algeria’s protests are localized and have yet to turn into a national political movement.

Apr 14, 2011

Book Talk: Algeria’s leading novelist says time for change

By Lamine Chikhi

ALGIERS (Reuters Life!) – Novelist Mohammed Moulessehoul (pseudonym: Yasmina Khadra), Algeria’s biggest literary export, has strong views on his native country’s cultural life, and on the urgent need for political change.

The author of acclaimed novels including “The Attack”, and the “Swallow of Kabul” spoke to Reuters about politics, society, and how the Arab world is perceived in the West. The following are edited excerpts from his answers:

Apr 6, 2011

Algeria Islamists urge release of jailed ex-fighters

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Two prominent Algerian Islamists called on the president on Wednesday to release up to 7,000 Islamists from prison, a move they said would draw a line under a conflict that killed an estimated 200,000 people.

Most of the thousands jailed during Algeria’s nearly two-decade conflict between Islamist insurgents and government forces were freed under an amnesty but a hard core did not qualify for release.

Apr 4, 2011

Exclusive – Qaeda gets arms in Libya -Algerian official

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Al Qaeda is exploiting the conflict in Libya to acquire weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, and smuggle them to a stronghold in northern Mali, a senior security official in neighbouring Algeria told Reuters.

Western governments have demanded that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi step down after his forces cracked down on a revolt against his rule, but some governments in the region are nervous that al Qaeda could step into a power vacuum.

Apr 4, 2011

Al Qaeda acquiring weapons in Libya – Algerian official

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Al Qaeda is exploiting the conflict in Libya to acquire weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, and smuggle them to a stronghold in northern Mali, a security official from neighbouring Algeria told Reuters.

The official said a convoy of eight Toyota pick-up trucks left eastern Libya, crossed into Chad and then Niger, and from there into northern Mali where in the past few days it delivered a cargo of weapons.

Apr 4, 2011

Exclusive: Al Qaeda acquiring weapons in Libya:Algerian official

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Al Qaeda is exploiting the conflict in Libya to acquire weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, and smuggle them to a stronghold in northern Mali, a security official from neighboring Algeria told Reuters.

The official said a convoy of eight Toyota pick-up trucks left eastern Libya, crossed into Chad and then Niger, and from there into northern Mali where in the past few days it delivered a cargo of weapons.

Mar 31, 2011

Algeria energy official:tax law turns off investors

ALGIERS, March 31 (Reuters) – The lacklustre interest from
energy majors in Algerian oil and gas acreage is due to the
country’s tax rules, a senior energy official said, in the first
public acknowledgement of the problem.

In a licensing round completed earlier this month, Algeria
awarded only two out of 10 oil and gas permits on offer, raising
questions about whether it has enough new projects coming on
stream to maintain output levels. [ID:nLDE72G0XO]

Mar 30, 2011

Algerian PM: there is no political crisis

ALGIERS, March 30 (Reuters) – Algeria’s prime minister on
Wednesday denied the country was in a political crisis sparked
by unrest in the Arab world but acknowledged public anger over
unemployment and a lack of housing.

Algeria, one of the biggest suppliers of natural gas to the
European Union, has seen a wave of strikes and protests over the
past few months, though they have yet to coalesce into the kind
of uprising that toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia.

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      "I am based in Algiers, North Africa. I report on a wide range of issues including agriculture, oil and gas, terrorism, and telecoms. Before joining Reuters in 2003, i worked in several algerian dailies."
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